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September is here, which for many people means going back to school or thinking about future education. For a number of you this will mean realising too late that the final application deadline for the LBS Sloan Masters in Leadership in Strategy has now passed. However, never fear! We are still accepting late applications from exceptional candidates, as we understand a window to study can open up at any time, and if this is the case we want to work with you to ensure you don’t miss the chance. This article will cover what we classify as an exceptional candidate, and how to make that strong late application if you do intend to apply.
How do I know if I am an exceptional candidate?
The LBS Sloan Masters in Leadership and Strategy programme is a 12 month, full time programme designed for senior, experienced, high-calibre professionals and executives. Sloan fellows tend to possess over 15 years work experience, with 10 years of managerial responsibilities and have extensive strategic and leadership experience within their fields. We are looking for people who are decision makers within their companies and have excellent international exposure.
It is not just experience that makes a good Sloan fellow; we also want to hear about your motivations study and your career aspirations, both of which should be clearly evidenced in your application essays. Are you looking for the skills and confidence to accelerate to a C-suite or board-level position, or to start your own business? Then the Sloan programme might just be a good fit for you.
Do I need a GMAT to Apply?
In exceptional cases, the GMAT or Executive Assessment (EA) can be waived. We will consider waivers for candidates whose work experience, professional status or prior degree/training indicates a high level of analytical or quantitative ability. Requests for waivers will be considered after candidates have submitted their online application. If you have not yet taken the GMAT we advise you to consider the Executive Assessment.
If you do not feel you would be qualified for a waiver, you can still submit your application pre-test as part of the Fast Track Process. Fast Track is where you are able to submit your application with fewer documents, all you require is the completed online application form, CV, essays, and one reference. This is completed using the standard online application form and speeds up the application process considerably as you have less documents to provide.
Who should my references be from?
References are a key aspect of your application as they allow us an in depth insight into your character and how you work as part of a team. Your reference should ideally be from a current manager, or someone who knows you well within a professional capacity, as we understand that references are sensitive and you may not want this openly discussed at an early stage.
A common pitfall we see on applications is candidates choosing their CEO, who they have had minimal contact with, as their reference as they want the impressive job title on their application. However, this makes a poor reference as we are then not provided with enough information to make an informed admissions decision. The reference for the LBS Sloan Masters is a personal reference and we will be asking them questions concerning your motivations for study, and whether they would recommend you for the programme, please choose someone who knows you well!
As part of the Fast Track process we only need one reference in order to start assessing your application. Please provide your reference’s details via the online application form and we will then send a specific form to them to complete and return to us. I would advise submitting your reference details ASAP, in order to allow them plenty of time to complete the form.
What are my next steps?
If you plan on making an application please send your CV to email@example.com, this will allow the recruitment team to provide an informal assessment of your suitability and advise you as to whether you should make an application. I would then advise that you visit our How to Apply page for more information and our application checklist.
All non UK/EU citizens should get in touch ASAP as they will need to apply very quickly due to visa requirements for the programme’s January start.
Please do get in touch with firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions, and we are always happy to set up a phone chat or on campus consultation to discuss any questions further.
And finally, good luck with your application!
Our EMBA Global programme is a truly global experience and we recently welcomed both the Asia and Americas & Europe strands together for a memorable class week here in London.
The EMBA Global programme brings together three leading Business Schools – London Business School, Columbia Business School and Hong Kong University – and draws students from more than 35 countries and over 60 cities. The students come from a wide range of roles and industries, including manufacturing, entertainment, pharmaceuticals, finance, and charities.
We began by welcoming our Asia cohort to their first class week in London with a Q&A session with current student Mary-Leigh Mackie (EMBAG2018) and alumnus Pablo Gomez Olmedo Albarran (EMBAGA2015). This was followed by an address from our new Dean, François Ortalo-Magné. Dean François drew on the research of several members of our world-class faculty to draw conclusions about leadership in a modern global context, and how the EMBA Global programme can help current leaders have true impact.
As the week progressed, the EMBA Global Americas & Europe and Asia cohorts mixed and mingled gaining invaluable networking opportunities with their colleagues from across the globe, as well as forging new friendships and bonds that will continue to grow throughout and beyond the programme.
A fantastic barbeque on the front lawn of our central London campus was the centre piece to the week – an event the great British weather resisted the urge to rain upon!
As their time with the Schools progress, the classes will continue their globe-trotting, completing class weeks in New York and Hong Kong, as well as their Global Business Assignments taking them on immersive experiences in further locations.
Applications for the May 2018 intake of both the EMBA Global Americas & Europe and EMBA Global Asia classes are now open; further details can be found on our website.
The Sloan Masters in Leadership and Strategy is a highly competitive programme and each year the School and the Admissions Committee looks to build the strongest value for the class.
Beyond our world-class faculty and unique programme focus, one of the greatest values of the Sloan programme is the ability to network, learn and absorb information from the other leaders of industry that make up the class. These are individuals who are focussed, well-regarded, experienced and impressive, creating a powerful and rich learning environment.
A glance at the class profile will show that a Sloan Fellow typically has 15-20 years management experience, comes from a variety of a sectors and holds a senior job function.
But a successful Sloan Fellow is much more.
The key attribute we look for in a Sloan Fellow is experience of making decisions at strategic levels, either in a General Management context or as leaders of their function. We know that when the class come together in January, everyone will have had that crucible moment when they have had tough decisions to make.
It is little wonder, therefore, that the most common feedback given to unsuccessful candidates is to reapply when their exposure to these key decisions has grown in scale, impact and depth.
Often an applicant’s level of strategic decision making and leadership cannot be demonstrated solely through their CV, and this is where the application essays are of great importance. These are an opportunity to use your past achievements to demonstrate future success, as part of the programme and beyond, and we recommend you dedicate considerable time perfecting these to showcase your talents, experiences and abilities at their best.
It is also important to choose your referees wisely. These should be people who have worked closely with you for a considerable period – do not simply select the most impressive job title. Your referees can provide a third-party view on your skills as a leader, your strategic decision making abilities, and, just as importantly, your areas for growth as part of this unique cohort of experienced professionals.
Applications are open for the January 2018 intake; you can contact us for more information on this transformative programme.
Funding your studies is an important consideration when looking to undertake a programme of higher education, particularly when the programme of study is full time such as the Sloan MSc.
There are a number of funding options open to potential Sloan Fellows, including company sponsorship, loans and personal finances.
For those the Admissions Committee consider will make an exceptional contribution to the class, we are delighted to offer these scholarships to support future Sloan Fellows:
Closing date for Scholarship submissions: 17:00 (UK time) Wednesday 13 September
Closing date for Scholarship submissions: 17:00 (UK time) Wednesday 26 July
All applications received before September 2017 will be considered
All applications received before Wednesday 26 July will be considered
All applications received before Wednesday 26 July will be considered
Prior to the scholarship offer, I was already totally committed to the LBS experience. I was keenly aware that every other scholarship candidate – chosen from a global and elite base – had equally good credentials, if not better. Beyond delight, I am truly honoured to be chosen as a scholar of this great institution. I hope to play a critical role in furthering the school’s global charter in the days ahead! Paul Liu – 50th Anniversary Scholar
The scholarship provided additional confidence and confirmed the alignment of purpose between the applicant and LBS in making and contributing to positive change by challenging the status quo on female talent. Lalaine Valdes – Women’s Scholar
It made me feel even more confident to join the programme. I can feel the trust from the programme and LBS, as well as the responsibilities. I know I have a lot to contribute to the class and the programme. Donald Mi – Philip Langsdale Scholar
Our Scholars truly are some of the best and brightest of the cohort; they are not only recognised for their contribution to business thus far, but also in anticipation of their contribution to the success of the class, the Sloan MSc, and the wider School community.
Applications for these Scholarships are open now, and more details can be found on our website.
The Sloan Masters in Leadership and Strategy is unique in European top business school offerings in focusing on the experienced executive in a full time degree. As the class of 2017 move into their second term, here are a select few of the many highlights of the term just finished beyond the engaging, informative and educational core programme.
The year started at full pace with a jam-packed Orientation week, as study combined with invaluable team-building and networking to ensure the Sloan journey started on a strong footing. Find out more about this exciting kick-off in our earlier blog post.
Case study with Lord John Bird
Lord Bird, founder of The Big Issue, joined the Sloan
Fellows for a singular case study in February. Lord Bird is both a talented and inspirational businessman and speaker, facing early hardship to become a well-known entrepreneur and member of the House of Lords.
His enthusiastically received session with our Sloan 2017 cohort was a fantastic opportunity to explore entrepreneurship and social responsibility whilst engaging with this unique individual. Such was the reception that we have made the full presentation
As a full time programme, more often than not the Sloan MSc requires participants to step away from their current job roles and careers. At London Business School, we have a well-developed Career Management offering tailored to the needs of the experienced executives and entrepreneurs who become Sloan Fellows.
The first term has included a variety of workshops, covering career development, networking, getting investment ready for entrepreneurs and exploring and developing resilience.
The Career Centre also played host to ‘The Challenge of Change’ presentation with Mohan Mohan, (LBS Executive in Residence), a retired Procter & Gamble senior executive, having had a memorable career spread over three continents. Mohan delivered a motivational presentation covering topics such as how to approach time at London Business School, how to pursue the definition of career goals and how to approach your career development, as well as coaching sessions with our Sloan Fellows.
End of term celebration
To mark the end of a memorable but exhausting term, celebratory drinks and a dinner was hosted by the School here at our central London Campus.
Find out more
If this has whetted your appetites for the Sloan experience, why not come to an information evening to find out more, as well as meet some current and/or former students? Details of future events can be found on our website.
For a taste of the Sloan experience first-hand, we also offer the opportunity for applicants to the Sloan 2018 cohort to visit a class. You can join the current Sloan MSc cohort and gain an insight into our world-class faculty, ground-breaking research and network with existing students to discover if the Sloan journey is the right path for you.
We have two modules open for visitors over a number of days to maximise the opportunities available; you can sign up here or find out more by contacting sloan@London.edu.
G M A T – four letters that often strike fear in to the hearts of busy executives looking to apply to Business School. The GMAT exam provides a detailed and specific assessment of an individual’s business academics, but the lengthy preparation and examination time can be prohibitive to executive candidates.
Since March 2016, London Business School has been accepting a new way of assessing candidates for our Leadership Programmes. Working with the Graduate Management Admissions Council (GMAC) and five other top-tier Executive MBA Schools across the globe, the Executive Assessment (EA) has been designed with executive candidates in mind.
What makes the Executive Assessment an excellent tool for both Business Schools and Executive MBA candidates is its relevance.
It is relevant to executives in terms of its content as it has much more focus on critical thinking, analysis and problem solving than the GMAT and much less on pure mathematics and grammatical structures.
It is relevant in the amount of time needed for the test. There is minimal preparation required, and the test is over in 90 minutes.
And it is relevant in its flexibility. There are no rescheduling fees, ideal for executive candidates whose schedules can often change at short notice.
The test consists of three sections that are similar in broad themes to the GMAT – Integrated Reasoning, Verbal Reasoning and Quantitative Reasoning.
Unlike the GMAT, all three sections count towards a final score of between 100 and 200.
So how should you prepare for the Executive Assessment?
Unlike the GMAT, there is minimal preparation required for the Executive Assessment. but you do need to spend a little time on it, and successful candidates have spent around 1-2 days preparing.
- Familiarise yourself with the sample questions available on GMAC’s website.
- Depending on your background, refresh yourself with high school mathematic principles.
- Find your local test centre from over 600 worldwide.
Is there a minimum score?
At LBS, we take a holistic approach to applications and, as such, look at all elements together. There is no minimum or recommended EA score (or, for that matter, GMAT) and this forms only one part of the application. We do strongly recommend you take the assessment seriously to best demonstrate your abilities and commitment to the programme. Candidates have found it a useful diagnostic to highlight areas to focus on to get ready for study.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us
Whichever assessment you choose to take – good luck!
From over 15,000 nominations, only 600 of the brightest young entrepreneurs, breakout talents and change agents in 20 different sectors make it to the list.
Eleonora is a Vice President at J.P. Morgan in charge of a suite of Cash and Liquidity products offered to more than 2000 institutional clients across $60 billion.
Kiran meanwhile is an Executive Director at UBS Wealth Management, having joined the company in 2011.
The part-time nature of the EMBA-Global programme has allowed both these young talents to continue working whilst studying for a top Executive MBA programme offered by two of the world’s leading Business Schools – London Business School and Columbia Business School. The programme is designed to encourage students to apply their learning in the workplace to realise the real-world benefits of their classroom study.
Applications are now open for the class of 2019 – visit the EMBA-Global home page to find out more.
Following a year of applications, interviews, planning and preparation, Monday 9th January saw us welcome to newest students to the Sloan MSc programme. An inspiring and experienced group came together to meet for the first time and embark on their LBS adventure.
To say the class is diverse would be an understatement, with 61 students being drawn from over 40 different cities around the world to come and study in London. Only 11 of the cohort were already based in the city, so for the rest they are getting to experience this fantastic city for the first time!
The orientation week began with an introduction to the course. This included a Leadership Case Study session led by Professor Randall Peterson where the class were joined by Paul McGinley, captain of the 2014 winning Ryder Cup team.
The Sloan programme is an intensive and collaborative affair. The orientation week is the first opportunity for the class to meet their study groups, with whom they will be working closely throughout the year. Bonds were formed mid-week as the study groups competed in a series of challenges around the Southbank area of the city, taking in some of London’s most famous landmarks and skyscrapers.
How best to close this busy, exciting and informative week? An incredible dinner at the world-famous Tower of London! Greeted by the Yeoman Warders (otherwise known as the Beefeaters) the class were treated to a tour and a three-course meal; a truly unique setting to end the first week of this truly unique class and programme.
Best of luck for the year ahead to the Sloan MSc class of 2017 and we look forward to following your journey!
If you are thinking of studying the Sloan MSc or have already received an offer, funding is one of your priorities.
I would like to remind you that London Business School offers a generous range of scholarships that cover partly or fully the tuition fees of the Sloan MSc. Some scholarships will automatically consider all candidates who accepted their offer whereas other scholarships require an application with various criteria. Ensure you visit our website for all the details about the below scholarships:
- 50th Anniversary Scholarship
- Sloan Philip Langsdale Scholarship
- Sloan Awards
- Sloan MSc Women’s Scholarship
- Sloan Alumni Scholarship
- The Monica and Navin Valrani Scholarship
- The Gallifrey Scholarship for Social Enterprise
- The David Pyott Scholarship
Please note that you can submit applications for as many scholarships as you consider yourself to be eligible for.
Good luck with your applications, and remember: you won’t get if you don’t give it a try!